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T.J. West III

T.J. West III

PhD Candidate

401 Hall of Languages

    Thomas J. West III (T.J.) is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in classic Hollywood cinema. His dissertation, History’s Perilous Pleasures: Experiencing Antiquity in the Postwar Historico-Biblical Epic, explores the genre of the historico-biblical epic and the ways in which it offers an experience of the terrifying nature of history through an appeal to the ancient world, while also seeking (though never quite succeeding) to ameliorate that terror. He has published an essay on the Starz series Spartacus and has a forthcoming essay on the HBO series Rome and its representation of the golden age of Augustus. He also recently co-edited a special volume of the journal Queer Studies in Media and Popular Culture dedicated to queer histories and queer nostalgia. He has taught courses on film, popular culture, race, and gender. T.J. has also been awarded one of two Syracuse University Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • M.A. English, Syracuse University
    • Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
    • Triunal B.A. English, History, and Classics, Marshall University